The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators opened their first-round series Friday night, meaning that the playoffs are now officially underway for all 16 teams. For all the other teams that played last night it was their second match and on Saturday we're going to get another four Game 2s.
Things will continue to move along at a brisk pace as we have our first potential elimination game scheduled for Tuesday (Game 4 between Tampa Bay and Detroit).
In the meantime, let's take a closer look at Friday's action...
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LIGHTNING 5 RED WINGS 2 (Tampa Bay leads 2-0)
Tyler Johnson was the hero tonight with two goals and two assists. The Lightning forward was limited to 38 points in 69 contests during the regular season, but he already has six points in two playoff contests.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 30 shots. That gives him a 3.59 GAA and .891 save percentage in the first two games of this series.
Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov followed up his three-point showing in Game 1 with another goal and an assist Friday night. He had 30 goals and 66 points in 77 games in 2015-16.
Jonathan Drouin got his first playoff point - an assist - in his eighth career postseason game. He also led all Lightning forwards with 19:59 minutes of ice time. That's quite the turnaround from where he was early in the season where getting ice time was a big issue. If he continues to work out for the Lightning in the playoffs, you have to wonder if the two sides will move past this season's tension stemming from his trade demand.
Red Wings forward Brad Richards found the back of the net. He is up to 105 career playoff points, which ties him for 78th place on the all-time list with Peter Stastny.
PANTHERS 3 ISLANDERS 1 (Series tied 1-1)
After dropping Game 1 on Thursday night, Roberto Luongo came up big last night. He kicked out 41 of 42 shots, including 16 shots in the second period.
John Tavares scored the Islanders' lone goal. He has two goals and four points in two playoff games in 2016, bringing him up to 15 points in 15 career postseason contests.
Dmitry Kulikov netted his first postseason game in his ninth career playoff game. He also registered an assist Friday night.
Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist, giving him five points in the first two games of the series. He had 25 goals and 50 points in 82 regular season contests.
Though Thomas Greiss was the losing goalie, he did turn aside 28 of 30 shots on Friday. His 3.05 GAA in this series is contrasted against his .921 save percentage.
BLACKHAWKS 3 BLUES 2 (Series tied 1-1)
After being shutout in Game 1 on Wednesday, Chicago didn't score its first goal of the series until 19:55 of the second period Friday night. Duncan Keith, returning from a six-game suspension, was the one to end the Blackhawks' drought.
Artemi Panarin scored the game-winning goal for Chicago. Fun fact about that: When Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko first joined St. Louis he told the franchise about Panarin and frequently brought up the then KHL player after that. The Blues never ended up signing him and Chicago is reaping the benefits.
Speaking of Tarasenko, he found the back of the net too last night. It was his first marker of the series and his 11th goal in 15 career playoff games.
Corey Crawford kicked out 29 of 31 shots to earn his 46th career playoff win. In doing so, Crawford past Tony Esposito and (at least temporarily) Jonathan Quick on the all-time list. Ron Hextall sits at 20th place with 47 postseason victories.
On the Blues side, Brian Elliott saved 26 of 28 shots last night. He has a 0.94 GAA and .968 save percentage so far in this series.
PREDATORS 3 DUCKS 2 (Nashville leads 1-0)
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 27 of 29 shots in the series opener. Over the course of his career, he's started in 34 playoff contests and has a 2.47 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Ryan Kesler found the back of the net for the Ducks. He's someone to keep an eye on during this series after he recorded 41 points in his last 43 regular season contests.
Ryan Getzlaf accounted for Anaheim's other playoff goal. He has 28 markers and 95 points in 98 career playoff contests.
Filip Forsberg scored the game-winning goal. The 21-year-old has now appeared in seven career playoff games and has an impressive five goals and seven points over that span.
Ryan Johansen registered an assist for Nashville. Like Forsberg, the 23-year-old Johansen now has seven points in seven career postseason contests.